Best way to make those bolts stay in place

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Best way to make those bolts stay in place

Post by snowmonco » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:48 am

Hi guys. I've lost another heelstrap bolt due to vibration this weekend. It's the second in a couple of months. Not that they are expensive but it bothers me to go the hardware store just for that or, more important, ending a session sooner just because of a loose binding :(
I verify the bolts tightness before each ride and even used PTFE tape to fill and try to lock them in place better, but to no avail.
What are your tricks to make those pesky bolts definitely stay in place? Thanks.
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Post by SpinDR » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:14 am

I was constantly losing a screw to my bindings, so I just put super glue in there. I never take the screw out, so it doesn't matter to me.

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Post by snowmonco » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:47 am

Thanks SpinDR. Was thinking about using the same approach but was cautious about ruining my F4s if I want say latter change ruined ladders. Did you use a drop of glue at the end of the screws, over the thread, or just glued it with copious amounts of glue?
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Post by indigo_wolf » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:03 am

Loctite Blue or Nylock nuts.

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Post by Mikael » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:14 am

Rivets?

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Post by belac » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:56 pm

2 nuts are better than 1.

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Post by Ben » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:33 pm

does your heel strap have the metal ring in between the plastic and the bolt?

helps it turn easly and makes the bolt tighten on the L plate better?
if not that its worth trying to source one so you can really tighten that bolt hard...

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Post by OldDirtyBastard » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:34 pm

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[color="sienna"]I was a mechanic in the Army on helicopters ah 64 if you secure a edge of the head of the bolt with small guage safety wire it makes it impossible for the bolts to back out. It requires 1 set needle nose pliers and 1 set of pliers put the wire throught the head or your anchor point maintain constent tension on the wire as you make twists about 12 twist per inch it has to be super tight till your twists reach your other bolt or anchor point go through the bolt and while maintaing tension make a few more twists and cut the ends leaving a little tail of safety wire bend the tail over so you don't cut yourself on it.[/color]
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Post by _Kryten_ » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:22 pm

Here ya go this is the easiest product to use http://www.henkelna.com/product-search-1554.htm?nodeid=8797876748289

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Post by snowmonco » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:07 am

Such a wealth of info. Thanks guys.

@Ben I use standard washers. The same that came originally with the bindings. Good to know those spacer exist. Will try to source a similar thing in my local hardware store.

Will try to get some loctite threadlocker as well. It's the thing I was looking for from day one but didn't knew very well how to name it. I need to lock 2 screws that keep getting loose after a couple of hours riding on my snowboard's channel bindings as well. It will come handy for both boards :)
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Post by snowmonco » Sat May 04, 2013 1:28 pm

Here's the follow up. I managed to get the equivalent of Loctite blue threadlocker from the competition. The shop only had 50 ml tubes of loctite which were just over 40 Euros. Way too expensive, so I bought an anaerobic threadlocker liquid from the competition for half the price. So far so good. Went today for a 2 hour session and the screws hadn't moved an inch.
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Post by Ben » Sat May 04, 2013 1:44 pm

an inch is quite a lot for a bolt to move! all the same glad it worked!
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Post by snowmonco » Sat May 04, 2013 3:58 pm

You're right Ben, just a figure of speech :)
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